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2021 NFL draft: Chicago Bears select Khalil Herbert

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Herbert went later than I expected.

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Khalil Herbert
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The Virginia Tech Hokies added their fourth selection in the 2021 NFL draft on Saturday evening when running back Khalil Herbert was selected No. 217 overall by the Chicago Bears.

While my initial reaction was disappointment, as I felt Herbert should’ve gone higher, I do believe he is going to a place where he has a chance to compete to play early in his career.

Herbert, who rushed for over 1,000 yards and accounted for over 1,700 yards during his one season in Blacksburg, was one of several ACC running backs selected. Clemson’s Travis Etienne, and Michael Carter and Javonte Williams of UNC were also selected.

Cornerback Caleb Farley and offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw were each selected in the first round on Thursday night. Safety Divine Deablo went in the third round on Friday night.

Each of the former Hokies made a major impact in Blacksburg. Not only on the field but in the community and with their former teammates and coaches.

Khalil Herbert will always be special to Virginia Tech fans, despite only playing at Virginia Tech for one season. It is a shame he never got to play in front of packed Lane Stadium.

Good luck in the NFL, Khalil.